Halloween is around the corner, and it wouldn’t be right if your Dentist didn’t send you gentle reminders about the dangers around this deliciously spooky holiday.
Here’s a list of 4 of the worst candies to try and avoid this Halloween:
In case you’ve been one of the lucky ones that haven’t experienced this (and there have been many in our office over the years)…sticky candy can absolutely pull out your fillings, bridges and braces. Perhaps the worst candy for your teeth, sticky candy includes anything gummy, taffy, or caramel.
Just looking at pictures of sour candy is enough to get my mouth watering for these terrible, terrible, delicious treats. But sour candies are bad for two reasons: they contain both sugar and acid. The acid in sour candy breaks down the enamel, allowing the sugar to sneak in and do extra damage.
Lollipops and Suckers
Though they look perfectly innocent, lollipops actually cause more havoc on your teeth than you might realize. Because they’re on a stick and created to be enjoyed slowly, hard candies on a stick longer longer, making it difficult for your saliva to do it’s thing and protect your mouth.
Like lollipops and suckers, hard candies expose your teeth to sugar for a much longer period of time…allowing sugar (and possibly acid) to prevent your saliva from doing what it does best and protecting your teeth. Hard candies are also especially burdensome, as they encourage you to bite down on them, damaging your teeth in the process.
Don’t prevent yourself from having fun this Halloween season. I think we all deserve a little bit of excitement and joy, and if candy is the way we enjoy the holidays; let it be. But take precautions when indulging so you don’t find yourself with a filling stuck in the middle of a piece of caramel at 10pm Halloween night. And if that does happen, you know who to call!
Cherry Hill Dentistry, located in Lincoln, NE, provides exceptional general dental and specialty services for our community.